Illion West

An Uillinn Thiar

Roger Harrison / Forum Connemara

Townland:                                 Illion West

Civil Parish:                              Moyrus

Barony:                                     Ballynahinch

Church Parish:                         Roundstone

District Electoral Division:    Illion

Area:                                         654 acres, 3 roods, 36 perches

 

Baptism and Marriage records for Roundstone R.C. Parish 1872-1881

Old Pension Census (1841-1851) for Illion West (no records)

Map

Galway Library for Illion West

Logainm for Illion West

NUI Galway Digital Collections for Illion West

 

1911 Census for Illion West  

Overview of Illion West in 1911.

There were 4 houses in the townland of Illion West at this time and they were all occupied and listed as being private dwellings. They were constructed of stone, brick or concrete walls with thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. Houses 1, 2 and 4 were 2nd class dwellings and house 3 was a 3rd class. House 3 had 2 rooms and 2 windows while houses 1, 2 and 4 had 3 rooms and 3 windows in the front. There were a total of 8 out buildings in the townland, 2 stables and 6 cow houses. The enumerator’s abstract return shows that there were a total of 19 people at that time, 12 males and 7 females. The enumerator for the area was Const. Martin Gilmore.

Joyce

Martin (60) was listed as the head of the first family in Illion West and he had been married to Bridget (59) for 30 years during which time they had had 8 children and 7 of those had survived up until this time. They shared the house with 4 of those children, Patrick (28), Thomas (18), Margret (15) and Annie (12). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and Margret could read only, Bridget could read and write and the others could not read. Martin was a farmer, Patrick and Thomas were farmer’s sons, Margret was a farmer’s daughter and Annie was a scholar. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 3 rooms and they had a stable and 2 cow houses. The landholder was Martin Joyce.

 

Joyce

The head of this family was Thomas (70) and he had been married to Bridget (59) for 55 years[i]. During that time, they had had 11 children, of which 8 had survived and they lived in the house with 4 of those, Thomas (34), Julia (21), Patrick (18) and Peter (16). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English but none of the family could read or write. Thomas (70) was listed as being a farmer, Thomas (34), Patrick and Peter were farmer’s sons and Julia was a farmer’s daughter. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 3 rooms and they had 2 cow houses. The landholder was Thomas Joyce.

 

Joyce (John)

John (42) was the head of this household and he lived in the house with his wife, Mary (40) and they had been married for 4 years and had 2 children, Stephen (2) and John (1). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Both parents could speak both Irish and English but none could read. John (42) was listed as being a farmer. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms. The landholder was John Joyce.

 

Joyce

The head of the last family in Illion West was John (80) who had been married to Julia (71) for 53 years and they had had 8 children with 5 of those surviving and they shared the house with their son, Peter (35). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. John spoke only Irish while Julia and Peter spoke both Irish and English and Peter could read only. John was a farmer and Peter was a farmer’s son. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 3 rooms and they had a stable and 2 cow houses. The landholder was John Joyce.

 

 

1901 Census for Illion West  

Overview of Illion West in 1901.

There were just 3 houses in the townland of Illion West and all were listed as being private dwellings and were constructed of stone, brick or concrete walls and they had thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. Houses 1 and 3 were 2nd class dwellings and house 2 was a 3rd class. Houses 1 and 3 had 3 rooms and 3 windows in the front and house 2 had 2 rooms and 2 windows. There 22 people in the townland at the time of this census, 13 males and 9 females. The enumerator for the area was Const. Thos Touhy.

 

Joyce

John (60) was listed as the head of this family and he was married to Julia (50) and they shared the house with 4 of their children, John (28), Bridget (22), Peter (20) and Anne (18). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English. Julia could read only and Bridget, Peter and Anne could read and write. John (60) was a farmer, John (28) and Peter were farmer’s sons and Bridget and Anne were listed as being farmer’s daughters. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 3 rooms and the landholder was John Joyce.

 

Joyce

The head of this family was Thomas (50) and he was married to Bridget (46) and they lived in the house with 5 of their children, Thomas (21), Mary (16), Festus (11), Patrick (9) and Peter (6). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and only Thomas (50) could read and write. Thomas 950) was a farmer, Mary was a farmer’s daughter and all the boys were listed as being farmer’s sons. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and the landholder was Thomas Joyce.

 

Joyce

The head of the 3rd and last house in Illion West was Martin (40) and he was married to Bridget (40) and they shared the house with 7 of their children, Mary (15), John (13), Martin (11), James (9), Thomas (7), Margaret (5) and Anne (3). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English but only Bridget could read and write. Martin (40) was listed as being a farmer, Mary and Margaret were farmer’s daughters and the boys were all farmer’s sons. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 3 rooms and the landholder was Martin Joyce.

 

 

Griffiths Valuation (1847-1864) for Illion West  

There were 633 acres, 3 roods and 5 perches of land in Illion West.

 

Plot 1a: Thomas Redmond leased land, house and offices from Redmond Joyce for £8 8s for the land and 7s for the buildings.

Plot 1: Redmond Joyce leased land from the Provost and Fellows of T.C.D. for £1 14s.

 

There were also 28 acres and 39 perches of water in the townland.

 

1670 Down Survey for Illion West

The Down Survey name for this area was Ilandoghby [sic]. The owner in 1641 was the Catholic, Connor Oge O’Downe and in 1670 the owner was John Brown, a Protestant. There were 20 plantation acres of profitable land and those were forfeited.

[i] Quite possibly a mistake as this would mean that Thomas would have been 15 and Bridget would have been only 4 when they got married.

This page was added on 26/06/2020.

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